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I forgot the password on my MacBook Pro

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I forgot the password ***** my MacBook Pro
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Hi and Welcome. My Name is ***** ***** I look forward to assisting you today with your question.

Which password ***** you forget ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Screen
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Sorry I don't understand. What password ***** ***** Mac asking for ?

Are you able to login to your Mac and access your files, apps etc ?

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Is your Mac asking for keychain password ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Its asking for the apple user password
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Thanks. One more question. Are you currently locked out from your Mac and requires password ***** login to your Mac ?

Or are you able to login to your Mac but requires password ***** something ?

I need to know this then only I can send you correct instructions.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
lockout
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

You can reset the password ***** booting into Mac OS X Utilities screen. Follow the steps below to reset the password.

Turn off your Mac.

Turn it back on and immediately hold down Command and R keys at same time for 10 seconds.

This will boot your Mac to "Mac OS X Utilities” menu.

Click on the “Utilities” menu in top bar and select “Terminal".

Type (without space) : resetpassword

Press return. This will Reset Password ***** Select the hard disk at top column, select the user account from the drop down under it, confirm the user account and then change password ***** Save. Then click on the Apple icon and select Shutdown.

Turn it back on. After restarting, you may get some error about keychain. This is normal and indicates you are on right track. So go to System Preferences select iCloud. Click Sign Out button there and sign out. If asked to delete or keep stuffs, select Keep. If you only see Delete, then click Delete or OK. It is OK, you can reconnect to iCloud later.

Once you did that, we need to reset keychain. Click on the Finder icon on dock (the first blue icon from left). Then hold down Option key on your keyboard, click on Go menu and select Library. This will open Library folder. In Library, you will see folder named Keychain. Open Keychain folder. Trash all files inside that Keychain folder. Restart your Mac normally and login to your account.

Please let me know if that didn't work, so I will continue to help and/or walk you through the steps.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This is the 3rd time I trying to boot to the utility screen and nothing is happening
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Restart your Mac and immediately hold down Command, Option and R keys at same time for 20 second. Does it boot into OS X Utilities screen ?

If not, restart your Mac and immediately hold down Option key on your keyboard for 10 seconds and what do you see in the screen ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It brought up something that look like a hard drive
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Yes, how many hard drives do you see there ? Do you see Recovery HD ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
1 drive and now it back to the login screen waiting for a password
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm tried using my Apple ID password ***** it is not excepting it
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

We're going to boot your Mac to a special mode called Single User Mode. Then type some commands/texts there which will force your Mac to bring the new account setup screen. So you can setup a brand new admin account and then use that account to reset the password ***** your original account. This might seem a little difficult, but it is actually easy.

Follow the steps below to create a new User Account in Single User Mode.

• Turn off/shut down your Mac.

• Turn it on and immediately hold down the Command(Apple) and S keys together for 10 seconds to boot into Single User Mode

• When you see the text prompt, type in the following terminal commands to create a brand new Administrator account (hitting return after each line). Also, note down the spaces between the commands, like a space between mount and -, space between -uw and / etc

mount -uw /

rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

shutdown -h now

(If it returns any errors, then you are entering the commands incorrectly. Make sure you enter it correctly)

When you enter last command and press return, the Mac will shut down. So turn it back on and it will bring welcome screen. Then you should be able to create a brand new Administrator account (when creating the account, if you're asked to transfer information, select Don't transfer). Don't sign in to Apple ID either if asked.

Login to new account. Then in new account (which will be blank), go to System Preferences > Accounts or Users & Groups, select your old account and change/reset the password. Let me know once you did that

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok I will try
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Make sure you enter the command exactly, other wise it will not work. Here are the commands in details.

mount<press space>-uw<press space>/<press enter/return>

rm<press space>/var/db/.AppleSetupDone<press enter/return>

shutdown<press space>-h<press space>now<press enter/return>

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok I type all the above it turned off do I turn back on
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Yes

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What suppose to happen
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Tell me what you see. If you get a welcome screen and language to choose, then you are on right track

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's booting
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Welcome screen
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do do I click US
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

You are on right track. Now follow the onscreen instructions and create a brand new account by entering new username and password.

If asked to transfer information, select Do Not Transfer.

If asked to sign in with Apple ID, skip that step. Don't sign in to Apple ID

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It asking me to create an computer account I'm I ok so far
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Yes, create an account.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Dish and usuage
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

??

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok I'm logged in
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
All of my screen saver are gone
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What about my data
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

This is a brand new admin account. So this account will be blank. Now we can reset the password ***** old account using this account.

Go to System Preferences and select Accounts or Users & Groups, select your old account there and change/reset the password ***** clicking the Reset Password ***** Enter a new password ***** your original account

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Don't worry. We created this account to reset the password ***** your original account. None of your data are lost.

Go to System Preferences and select Accounts or Users & Groups, select your old account in left column and change/reset the password ***** clicking the Reset Password ***** Enter a new password ***** your original account and save it. Let me know once you did that

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The other accounts are greed out
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Click the lock on the bottom left corner to unlock that part. Enter your password ***** this account if asked.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok
Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

After unlocking the lock select your old account in left column and change/reset the password ***** clicking the Reset Password ***** Enter a new password ***** your original account and save it. Let me know once you did that

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Did you reset the password ?

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

When you click Reset Password, if you get a choice to use non iCloud/Apple ID password ***** select it. Use a computer or local password. Reset/Save it.

Then click on Apple icon and select Sign Out. Then login to your old account with the password ***** reset.

This will login to your original account. Then go to System Preferences select iCloud. Click Sign Out button there and sign out. If asked to delete or keep stuffs, select Keep. If you only see Delete, then click Delete or OK. It is OK, you can reconnect to iCloud later.

Once you did that, we need to reset keychain. Click on the Finder icon on dock (the first blue icon from left). Then click on Go menu and sele Go To Folder. Type the following command and press return

~/Library/

This will open Library folder. In Library, you will see folder named Keychain. Open Keychain folder. Trash all files inside that Keychain folder. Restart your Mac normally and login to your original account. That should fix everything.

Let me know how it goes.

Expert:  Ashik replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, It's me Ashik. It's been a few days. I'm just checking with you. How is it going ? Were you able to fix the issue and login to your account ?

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